The finalists for the NBA's end of season awards have been announced

The finalists for the NBA's end of season awards have been announced

Harden, who led the league in scoring, has twice been a runner-up for the award, including previous year when Russell Westbrook won.

That's right, after months of whispers, think pieces and lowkey campaigning, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have been named finalists for a pair of most valuable player awards and could bring home some postseason hardware for the first time in nearly half a decade.

Lastly, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis led his side to sixth in the Western Conference and finished the regular season with 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game despite the absence of DeMarcus Cousins due to injury for the second half of the campaign.

Harden was the betting favorite to win the MVP in the final weeks of the season and has been a finalist for MVP in two out of the last three seasons.

He averaged 27.5 points - the most for him since the 2009-10 season - along with 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists and played in all 82 games of the regular season.

At 33, James would be the oldest player to win the award since 35-year-old Karl Malone did so in 1998-99.

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The finalists in all categories were determined by voting by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Harden and James are now playing in their conference finals.

Ben Simmons has been shortlisted for the NBA's Rookie of the Year award, along with Utah's Donovan Mitchell and Boston sensation Jayson Tatum.

The victor of the NBA's MVP will be revealed at the 2018 NBA Awards on Monday, June 25.

The Rockets' Eric Gordon - the reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year - was again named a finalist for the award.

Davis was also a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, along with Gobert and Philadelphia center Joel Embiid. Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is the other finalist.

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